Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blog reformatting

Me, five years ago in my classroom reading my student's journal entry to the class. I just found this pic when I was going through some old files to see what have changed since then.
Do you know the feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night full of burning ideas that you cannot wait to make happen? It occurs very often to me since the beginning of this year 2009 and many different bright ideas are raising in my mind.

I thought it will stop when I redecorated my classroom and updated my students' works on the bulletin board. I posted new entries in this blog, got reconnected with some friends whom I haven't talked to for a long time now, cleaned the house and got rid of old trash...I still get sleepless nights, ideas are rushing.

I just have to do something with these burning ideas that can't wait to happen. I feel positive that 2009 is going to be a more productive year for me and my family, for my students, for the special education teachers whom I serve as the WTU Vice President for Special Education, and for my readers who are loyal followers of this blog.

So, let's make it happen! You will see some changes in this blog gradually:

1. Blog title will change. I was just lazy when I thought of this name on my header ("Special Education Teacher in Washington DC") which was not very creative at all. I would like it to reflect the real me as a teacher. When I was back home in the Philippines everybody who knew me as an educator addressed me as Teacher Sol. "Sol" it means sun, it's all about positivity, energy, brightness, power that is contagious. This will be the new name for this blog: Teacher Sol.

2. Format will change. I am still thinking how I am going to do this but I want to assure you that it is not going to be boring. I would like to write some more about how I am integrating technology in my classroom, and share how we can develop and improve ourselves to become a skilled teacher that our 21st century students need. After I attended the Discovery Education training yesterday, I found myself again. It was like a rebirth of my techie teaching skills. It has validated what I have long been doing in my classroom and have been sharing to my colleagues in emails and lunch chats. More techie teaching tips for you in this blog!

3. Shorter links list. I will try to squeeze together some of links that I have on the right sidebar. Can't do this overnight, so please be patient with me. I will be posting monthly "Faves" too on my favorite entries as a wrap up at the end of the month.

Please let me know how you like the changes as I make them, I would appreciate your feedback. We will revisit the changes that I made at the end of this month and see which works well and what other things should be improved. What else do you want to see from my blog?


Nathan said...

I love the new look. Keep up the great work you've been doing.

ms.angala said...

Thanks Nathan! I'm glad you like it better, me too :)

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